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Deception wears a mask to hide the identity of a person who may not be what you see. That is the underlying theme for several stories. There are five short-stories and two flash fiction pieces. Those two were re-edited from prior short stories. The idea being that a short story can be reduced by editing and still maintain the element of suspense.

 It was a challenge. What I learned, shorter can oftentimes be better. If these stories were labeled murder mysteries, it would be giving away too much. A word of caution, this is adult fiction. I’ve kept the vulgarity to a minimum. In the real world, it still exists for which

I apologize.



Richard Standring

Richard Standring’s

Writing has been Richard Standring’s hobby since the early ’80s. He writes essays, mysteries, poetry, short stories and more recently, flash fiction. He also writes magazine articles. His career in advertising started with several ad agencies in Pittsburgh, PA and later, transitioned to industrial magazine publishing. His other hobby, flying. 25 years dancing among the clouds, searching and finding adventure. Summerville, SC is where he hides from the drama of bigger cities he has known.